Lindsay Lohan Pleads Not Guilty To Necklace

9 Feb

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Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Tuesday after being arraigned in Los Angeles on a charge she swiped a gold necklace from a jewelry store.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz set bail at $40,000 and sternly cautioned Lohan to stay out of trouble and away from the shop.

If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail,” Schwartz told Lohan. “You need to follow the law just like anybody else. You are no better than anybody else … Please don’t push your luck.”

The Long Island-raised actress – wearing in a clingy white mini-dress, dark sunglasses and her blond hair in a ponytail – was immediately taken into custody by court officers.

She was expected to pose for a new mug shot – her fifth in four years – and surrender a sample of her DNA and have her fingerprints taken.

Schwartz also found Lohan was in violation of her probation from a 2007 conviction for drunken driving.

Lohan, 24, was expected to be released later Wednesday on bail – $20,000 each for the probation violation and the grand larceny charges.

She faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

Her next court date was set for Feb. 23.

LiLo showed up at court in a black SUV. She quickly walked through a gauntlet of hundreds of photographers, cameramen and reporters.

She met her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, inside the courthouse. Holley told the judge she had spoken to Lohan’s probation officer earlier in the day and was told Lohan had been a “good probationer” with clean drug and alcohol tests.

The actress’ latest stumble to the wrong side of the law comes just a month after she completed a 90-day, court-ordered stint in rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic in California.

Prosecutors charged Lohan stole the $2,500, gold necklace Jan. 22 from the tony Kamofie & Co. jewelry store in Venice, Calif.

She was captured on a video surveillance camera walking out of the boutique wearing the necklace, prosecutors said.

Lohan claimed she was loaned the bling, but jeweler Geoff Kaman and his wife reported it stolen after paparazzi surface of Lohan wearing the one-of-a-kind piece.

Upon hearing she was under investigation for theft, the “Mean Girls” star had an assistant turn the necklace over to cops.

Lohan’s legal woes have prevented her from get her once-promising film career back on track. She has appeared in only one film – the comedy-action movie “Machete” – in the past three years.

The former Disney starlet has been in an out of court and rehab since her back-to-back 2007 arrests for DUI and drug possession in Los Angeles.

Following the twin busts, she publicly admitted, “it is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.”

Previously, her attorneys have been successful at getting the charges pleaded down to misdemeanors.

In August 2007, Lohan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine use and DUI, but served only 84 minutes in jail due to overcrowding.


Summary: Lohan could face up to three years in state prison if eventually convicted of stealing the necklace in January from a Venice Beach store.

The “Mean Girls” star has remained in the spotlight throughout her legal problems. Wednesday, she was met by a swarm of photographers and TV cameras when she arrived at the courthouse in a white dress and sunglasses.

Until now, Lohan has struggled with the terms of her probation in the DUI case but has not been charged with other crimes.

The former Disney star has been a courthouse regular since May, when another judge determined she had violated her probation by missing weekly alcohol education classes.

She was sent to jail and rehab after missing a hearing then granted early release from both facilities. Within weeks, however, she failed a drug test and was briefly returned to jail before spending the next three months in rehab.


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